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Mr. Laz
08-28-2008, 05:08 PM
any good?

easy installation?


they also have the Slingbox Pro and the Slingbox Pro HD ... comparison?


do any of them actually transmit a high quality picture over the internet? I know they send HD quality over lan but how do they do over the internet if you have a high bandwidth connection?


thanks

keg in kc
08-28-2008, 05:20 PM
Is that like one of those contraptions perverted youngsters hang from their ceiling when they want to fornicate?

Mr. Laz
08-28-2008, 05:23 PM
:LOL:

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<!-- start content --> The Slingbox is a TV (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV) streaming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaming_media) device that enables users to remotely view their cable (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_television), satellite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_television), or personal video recorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_video_recorder) (PVR) programming from an Internet-enabled computer with a broadband Internet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband_Internet) connection. It is produced by Sling Media (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sling_Media) of San Mateo, California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Mateo,_California).
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[edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Slingbox&action=edit&section=1)] Operation

A Slingbox can redirect up to four live Audio/Video signals from a cable box, satellite receiver, PVR, or other Audio/Video source to the viewer's PC located anywhere nearby, such as in home or office, or, when using a broadband (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband) Internet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet) connection, anywhere in the world. To avoid copyright infringement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement), only one user can access the stream from a Slingbox at a time. This way of accessing content is known as placeshifting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placeshifting).
A Slingbox connects a TV source (via coaxial (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coaxial) cable, composite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCA_connector) cables, component (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Component) cables, or S-video (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-video) cable) to an existing Internet connection. Digital video recorders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_video_recorder) and cable (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_television) or satellite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_television) set top boxes can be controlled through a separate infrared (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrared) (IR) cable that lets users change channels from the remote location. Software on a user's computer or mobile device connects to the Slingbox and provides the user interface for viewing the video stream and changing channels. Onscreen virtual remote controls are provided for controlling almost all connected devices. Note that all control inputs are done in the slingplayer window via computer mouse. There is no provision for use of hardware IR remote control units while watching slingplayer even if the PC has an IR receiver.

Bearcat
08-28-2008, 05:31 PM
Here's a thread with some info...
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=189517&highlight=slingbox

It's a very easy installation. The software is online at slingmedia.com. I hear there's a beta version with DVR controls.

The only problem I had was with the remote for my DVR... there are remote mappings for each manufacturer/type of DVD player/DVR, and if yours is on the list all you have to do is select it. Mine wasn't, so I was on Google for a couple of hours before I found the one for my DVR (people make them, but I wasn't about to spend the time to do that).

I don't get a great picture, but I'd still recommend getting one as long as you have a decent connection. The annoyance is that mine drops below ~150kbps every once in a while (maybe 4 or 5 times during an hour long show), so I have to pause my DVR and wait for it to get back above 200. I think it's more about convenience than quality, but that's just one man's experience.

Mr. Laz
08-28-2008, 05:35 PM
Here's a thread with some info...
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=189517&highlight=slingbox

It's a very easy installation. The software is online at slingmedia.com. I hear there's a beta version with DVR controls.

The only problem I had was with the remote for my DVR... there are remote mappings for each manufacturer/type of DVD player/DVR, and if yours is on the list all you have to do is select it. Mine wasn't, so I was on Google for a couple of hours before I found the one for my DVR (people make them, but I wasn't about to spend the time to do that).

I don't get a great picture, but I'd still recommend getting one as long as you have a decent connection. The annoyance is that mine drops below ~150kbps every once in a while (maybe 4 or 5 times during an hour long show), so I have to pause my DVR and wait for it to get back above 200. I think it's more about convenience than quality, but that's just one man's experience.
so it has a buffer type setup so you can pause it to get quality back up or are you just talking about waiting a few minutes until the internet ping rate goes back up?


you using an original slingbox or one of the new HD type models?

Bearcat
08-28-2008, 05:51 PM
so it has a buffer type setup so you can pause it to get quality back up or are you just talking about waiting a few minutes until the internet ping rate goes back up?


you using an original slingbox or one of the new HD type models?

It has an automatic buffer, and you can set it to buffer up to 15 seconds... but, there are times I still have to pause it until the rate goes back up. There are quite a few manual settings that I haven't had a lot of time to mess with... mine's been offline because someone (damnit, Slayer :cuss: ) knocked off my router a few weeks ago, so I haven't used it much for sports yet.

I have the Slingbox Pro... I'd be interested to know how the HD does over the internet, too.

Mr. Laz
08-28-2008, 06:01 PM
It has an automatic buffer, and you can set it to buffer up to 15 seconds... but, there are times I still have to pause it until the rate goes back up. There are quite a few manual settings that I haven't had a lot of time to mess with... mine's been offline because someone (damnit, Slayer :cuss: ) knocked off my router a few weeks ago, so I haven't used it much for sports yet.

I have the Slingbox Pro... I'd be interested to know how the HD does over the internet, too.

thanks for the info

can you actually watch a program on full (laptop) screen?


would be looking to watching sports so limiting the jitters is pretty important.

Bearcat
08-28-2008, 06:21 PM
thanks for the info

can you actually watch a program on full (laptop) screen?


would be looking to watching sports so limiting the jitters is pretty important.

I can watch it on full screen without it looking too bad, but I tend not to.... and I'm thinking full screen would be too choppy for sports.

DaFace uses it from Denver to watch a feed from Kansas City for Chiefs games, so he'd be able to provide some feedback (I believe he provided some in the link in my first post). Once I get mine back online this weekend, I'll be using it the following weekend for football, so I'll at least see for myself.

On a completely different note, once you install the software on your computer, you can copy the SlingMedia folder to a flash drive and use it on any other computer. Very handy for me, since I only have my work laptop at the moment and don't have admin rights to it.

beavis
08-29-2008, 02:09 PM
I leached off one that a buddy of mine had when I was overseas. Only thing I ever used it for was football games. The quality when I was watching it was about as good as you could expect. It'd pause and buffer every once in a while, but not enough to where I ever got angry about it.

ragedogg69
08-29-2008, 08:09 PM
i have slingbox pro. i swear by it. Works great on my phone and nice to have at work if a sporting event comes up.

DaFace
08-29-2008, 09:01 PM
Quality level is basically that of a youtube video for most video connections. However, it's entirely dependent on the upload speed of the "server" connection. If you've got a connection with a killer upload pipe, you should be able to get some pretty high quality video.

Regarding the buffer in the 2.0 version, it won't let you actually record video, but it will let you pause/rewind/ff for up to an hour. So, if you're having trouble with it skipping, you just pause it for a few minutes then come back to watch it with no stuttering. (For what it's worth, Bearcat, the issue I had with the DVR-type thing before was just a setting that didn't work with my video card. Once I unchecked that, it's worked flawlessly.)

Mine's just the Slingbox Classic that goes into the cable directly for what it's worth. As for comparisons between the versions, it's really all about the types of inputs you're able to use with it. Unless you use it to stream video over a LAN, I doubt you'd be able to see the difference between shitty coax inputs and HD inputs over the internet.

One of the only issues I have with it is that the slingbox will basically max out whatever connection it's on by default, so if anyone's home you will pretty much make the internet connection useless while you're watching. You can lower the bitrate in the client, but it would be nice if it could somehow auto-sense the connection and leave enough bandwidth for at least basic internet usage.

If you have any specific questions, let me know. I might be able to let you "try out" mine that's sitting at my parents' place if you want.